Embrace and Create Opportunity
A lot has been said about the future of work, but no one seems to know for sure what it will be. The changes already evidently appear good news for those of us looking for flexible work options.
The Structure of work has changed. While there may still be many traditional jobs about, there is a significant shift towards contract and temporary work and a move away from the traditional career ladder. Individuals are being contracted to complete tasks or projects. Location is no longer a priority. The office is mobile and the team can be spread globally or nationally. These changes remove some of the barriers and can create opportunities for more flexibility career options.
Network. More than ever, who you know is important. With the increase in non-permanent work your network becomes critical in finding your next employment opportunity. Cultivate your network, both within your work environment and outside of it. Seek experts in your field and develop a relationship. Join professional associations and networking events. And don’t forget the Mums and Dads at soccer – you never know who you might be standing next too. Engage and take an interest in those around you.
Look for opportunity – work may not be so available through the traditional means. Be ready, have your CV and LinkedIn profile updated. Be opportunistic, be entrepreneurial –seek and create opportunities that will increase your network and your chance of being in the right place at the right time. Say ‘Yes’ to opportunities that may take you out of your comfort zone.
While the future of work is uncertain, the changes suggest flexible work options will increase. This creates opportunity. Embrace the change in the working world. Considered short term or temporary roles. Develop a strong network. Be good and generous to the people you know, help them and let them help you. Be job ready, find and create the opportunities that allow you to grow and develop your career.
Carol is a founding FlexCoach, providing solution focused, practical hands on advice and coaching in job search strategies and career transitions and returning to work.
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